The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters

On 21 Feb 2019


Oxygen concentrations in both the global ocean and coastal waters have been declining since at least the middle of the 20th century. This oxygen loss is one of the most important changes occurring in an ocean increasingly modified by human activities that have raised temperatures, CO2 levels, and increased nutrient inputs that have altered the abundances and distributions of marine species. Under current trajectories, anthropogenic activities could drive the ocean toward widespread oxygen deficiency within the next thousand years.

During the seminar effects of declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters will be discussed as well as the impact of the change on productivity, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycles.

Lectures during the seminar by:
Denise Breitburg, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA
Jacob Carstensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Christoph Humborg, Stockholm University, Sweden
Alf Norkko, University of Helsinki, Finland
Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Caroline Slomp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Bess Ward, Princeton University, USA

This seminar is funded by Baltic Sea Centre at Stockholm University, BalticSea2020, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants due to a limited number of seats. For more information regarding time, programme and registration, please visit the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences´ homepage.